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Kid & Garden

The love kids have for nature and the outdoors is a fact long recognized. Luther Burbank, the famous horticulturist said, 

“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.” 

The relation between educating children as happy, intelligent and responsible human beings and gradening is apparent by the fact that children’s day care centers adopted the word, “Garden” in many cultures throughout history.

Countess Theresa Brunszvick who lived during the 18 century, named her day care center, Angyalkert which means in Hungarian, “Angel Garden.” In 1837, the German educator, Friedrich Fröbel opened a play and activity institute and named it, Kindergarten which, in German, literally means, “A Garden for Children.” The term caught on and is still in use today in America and Europe. In Israel, the name for Kindergarten is Gan Yeladim. Gan means , “Garden” Yeladim means, “Children.”

So this weekend, get your children to dig, plant, weed, marvel at plants and sniff flowers. Encourage them to get outdoors, away from all their plastic electronic devices and enjoy  gardening.

Any comments?

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Happy Green Thumb weekend,

AmaliaBaby in the Garden

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Theme Garden

A garden is more than a patch of land in which to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. 

As you choose what you want to grow, your choices already reflect your taste, food preferences, childhood memories and personality.

Folks who grew up in hot arid areas tend to love cacti while those who cherish memories of white Christmas tend to plant Holly.

You can create a theme garden by incorporating elements such as plastic toys, photographs that are mounted in plastic (to protect them from rain), decorative rocks, sculptures, anything you wish that could withstand the elements.

How about a family garden where a photograph of each member of the family is inserted next to their favorite fruit or flower? How about a community garden where each neighbor contributes a little object? How about a children’s garden where each child paints a rock (Use durable outdoor paint) to accompany the plants?

So this weekend, brain storm with your children, family neighbors and friends and sprinkle your garden with your creative self! 

Any other theme gardening ideas?

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Happy  Green Weekend,

Amaliatheme gardenphoto

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Bunnies in your garden

Who doesn’t love bunnies. I mean they are so cute!

I once had a bunny that lived with us for a couple of years. My son named him Boots because his feet were grey and the rest of his body was white. He really looked as if he wore boots.

Boots loved carrot peels and perked his ears when I listened to classical music.

But as adorable as they are, bunnies are a nuisance if you are trying to grow a garden.

These little guys sneak in and munch, munch, munch, crunch, crunch, crunch.

So how do you keep them away from your plants without harming them?

One sure way is to surround your garden with blood meal.

Blood meal is a dry, inert powder that is actually made from blood.

Sounds yucky but really, you don’t see the blood or smell it and it doesn’t attract vampires, not even around Halloween. Blood meal is a wonderful fertilizer  with lots of protein and nitrogen.

You can buy it online or in your local nursery.

So next time bugs bunny bugs you, let him smell your blood meal and hop, hop, hop, far away.

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Have a wonderful green weekend,


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Gardening on the cheap

Writing a children story about a horticulturist who invented plants in the 19 century is very nurturing.

Gardening ideas are sprouting in my mind and I enjoy planting, watering, getting dirt between my non polished finger nails and smelling the roses.

But this new hobby, can get pretty costly. Just walk into your local nursery & pick some plants. You’ll soon discover that plants aren’t cheap.

One easy way to acquire new plants without ending up taking a second mortgage on your house is what some people in the neighborhood refer to as moonlight gardening. No, not the kind when you smell your roses while meditating by the moon light. My neighbors are too practical for that.

What they really refer to is the common practice around here of picking wild flowers that grow in abundance by the road side and planting few in their own garden. Since these are native plants, they do very well in native soil. Pink.lavender, fuchsia, orange, white and yellow, these orphans whose names only a few botanists know are charming and pleasing. They aren’t spoiled like some of these fancy schmancy flowers. Really, they are just happy to be around. All they want is to keep growing and growing. 

Since they have never been to a nursery, they follow the rules of nature itself. You don’t have to feed them expensive nutrients or take extra care of them. Like all perennials, they’ll come back each year to say, “Thank you for adopting us, we always wanted a mommy and daddy.”

You’ll feel great and save some money too.

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